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Join the Silent No More Awareness Campaign outside NARAL dinner

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – All pro-lifers are urged to join the Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland chapters of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign this evening, Thursday, Jan. 26, outside the ballroom where NARAL will host its annual celebration of abortion.

Supporters of life will gather at 5:30 p.m. outside the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW, according to Nancy Tanner, Northern Virginia regional coordinator for Silent No More. They will remain in place until 7 p.m. and then will leave to have dinner and fellowship at a nearby restaurant. The Silent No More women and men and their supporters will return to the Hilton by 8:30 p.m. and will remain there until the NARAL event has concluded.

“It’s been pretty effective every year that we do this,” said Ms. Tanner. This is the seventh consecutive year she has organized the peaceful presence.

“We feel it’s important to have a presence when they’re celebrating, to show that there’s another side to this,” she said. “Many of us are hurt by abortion and regret that decision.”

Ms. Tanner will have signs on hand that say “I Regret My Abortion” or “I Regret My Lost Fatherhood,” as well as some that say “Women Do Regret Abortion” and “Men Regret Lost Fatherhood.”

At Monday’s March for Life, more than 50 women and men from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign shared their abortion testimonies in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. As they lined the streets with their signs awaiting their turn to speak, many were approached by marchers who thanked them for their courage, or whispered to them of their own regret.

“The pro-aborts in this country, like NARAL, say abortion is a good choice for women, but the women who have actually made that choice know better,” said Father Pavone, Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

“One woman from Mississippi who shared her testimony said she wished she wasn’t standing on a cold, rainy street in Washington holding her sign. She wished she was home, with the 13-year-old she aborted,” Father Pavone said. “All the men and women of Silent No More feel that way.”

To contact Ms. Tanner, send an email to northernvirginia@silentnomoreawareness.org

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Steven Tyler’s ex-fiancé to talk about her abortion at March for Life

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Julia Holcomb was forced to reveal a secret she had been keeping for 35 years after her son came across one of the unflattering — and untrue – statements that Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler had written about her, their relationship, and their abortion.

“I had to become Silent No More right in my own home, I had no choice” said Ms. Holcomb, whose life hit a low point in 1975, when she nearly died in an apartment fire and was then convinced to abort her baby at five months.

Now Ms. Holcomb is a spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign by choice.

On Monday, Jan., 23, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building, she will publicly share the story of her abortion and how it was the catalyst that prompted her to turn her life around. She is a married mother of six sons, a devout Roman Catholic and a pro-life activist.

Ms. Holcomb will join dozens of other women and men from the campaign who will tell their stories at the annual event that immediately follows the March for Life. She was convinced to go public with her story after reading a piece written by Kevin Burke, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, about the abortion regret that Tyler – who last night began his second season as an “American Idol” judge — has expressed in two books.

“In spite of everything, I do not hate Steven Tyler, nor am I personally bitter,” Ms. Holcomb said. “I pray for his sincere conversion of heart and hope he can find God’s grace, as I have.”

Ms. Holcomb also will speak at a March for Life Youth Rally, to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW.

For a video interview with Ms. Holcomb, click here: silentnomoreawareness.org/video/index.aspx?cid=7,9267

To arrange an interview with her, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or send an email to: media@priestsforlife.org.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Let’s Encourage Societal Change Through Testimony

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

During these days many women who have had abortions are preparing to share their stories publicly at gatherings across America in observance of the anniversary of the legalization of abortion by Roe vs. Wade. They will share how their own despair deceived them into thinking abortion was the only option. They will speak about the pain and the fear, and the depths of darkness into which this so-called choice immersed them. They will speak of how abortion led to suicide attempts, drug abuse, divorce, and rebellious behavior. They will tell how it ripped families apart. Men will also share the suffering they experienced after abortion, and they will all share how Christ healed them. Let’s fight abortion by reading and spreading their testimonies to others. See priestsforlife.org.

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Silent No More Awareness coordinator to speak at West Coast Walk for Life

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Jacquie Stalnaker’s boyfriend drove her to an abortion clinic with a gun on the floor of the car. He told her their baby would die that day, or that both she and the baby would. When she came out of the clinic afterward, he was nowhere to be found and never seen again. She collapsed on the street, lost half the blood in her body, and subsequently survived recurring stage-four uterine cancer and the removal of a 25-pound tumor.

She had aborted the only child she would ever conceive, and she lived with her secret for decades.

But now this former Miss West Virginia, former national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, and current executive director for Ignatius Productions is Silent No More, and is an invited speaker at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan. 21.

“It took me 22 years to be able to speak out about it,” said Ms. Stalnaker, a resident of Birmingham, AL, and a regional coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “Now I talk about it everywhere I go.”

To see a video of Ms. Stalnaker discussing her abortion and its aftermath, go to http://bit.ly/wlktss.

The eighth annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, when Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More, and 14 women and men who are part of the campaign will share their testimonies.

Ms. Stalnaker will be one of the speakers at a rally to begin at 12:30 p.m. The Walk, along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza, will begin at 1:30 p.m. For information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com.

“What we often say is that experience trumps rhetoric,” said Mrs. Forney, a Pennsylvania resident. “People can talk about the right to choose but it is time to hear about the real consequences of the choice. We also want others who are hurting after abortion to know they are not alone, help is available. That is why we are Silent No More.”

For more on the campaign, visit SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To arrange an interview with Ms. Stalnaker, Mrs. Forney or anyone from the Silent No More team, please email media@priestsforlife.org or call 347-286-7277.

Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 4,845 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 865 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries where more than 110,830 attendees have heard the truth about abortion’s negative aftereffects. More than 10,100 people representing 57 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,300 testimonies posted here, with over 120 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Using Election Law to Expose Abortion

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Longtime pro-life activist Randall Terry is running for President. He is running as a Democrat against President Obama in the primaries.

No, he does not expect to win the primary, but neither is that his motive for running. Whatever one thinks of the man himself or his history, what he is doing in this election deserves some attention from every pro-life person humble enough to realize that there is something to be learned from everyone else.

Many organizations — including my own — have produced pro-life ads for television and have had some success in running them. Two major issues arise. One, of course, is money. The other is censorship. Many times have we and others been told by television outlets (and print and radio, for that matter) that, although we had the money to buy the ad time, they did not want to air something against abortion, because it would be too upsetting and controversial for their audiences.

I have been told this regarding ads that do not show anything graphic, but simply talk about abortion, and in some cases, show a beautiful, living child.

But there is a way to bypass the censorship: run in a political race, and create ads under the auspices of your election campaign. Randall Terry is currently a federal candidate. By virtue of that fact, he has the law on his side, permitting him to run ads that are both controversial and graphic. The Federal Communications Commission requires stations it has licensed to run the ads of federal candidates within 45 days of a state’s primary election or caucus. He is ready to run ads in 17 states and 40 markets including Minneapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Honolulu and Salt Lake City.

And it’s not just about Randall Terry. There are four candidates for the House of Representatives who are using the same approach: Missy Smith, Angela Michael, David Lewis, and Gary Boisclair. They are utilizing election-related law to communicate a message to large segments of the public, a message which under just about every other circumstance would be censored without recourse.

The ads show the American public what an aborted child looks like. As I have always said, America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion. What pro-lifers have in mind when they say the word “abortion” bears little or no resemblance to what many have in mind when they hear the word. We know abortion is dismemberment of a living human child; others think of nothing but “freedom, choice, and women’s rights” — important ideas and realities, indeed, but which do nothing to help one understand what an abortion actually is.

And if people debating abortion cannot even agree on what abortion is, much less whether it is right, then the debate cannot even begin.

Once again, this is not about Randall Terry, nor about endorsing him. It is, rather, about encouraging more pro-life people to run for office, and use the law to their advantage to expose the reality of abortion.

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Priests for Life Announces Four-Pronged Attack on Abortion Industry in 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Amarillo, TX — Fr. Pavone revealed plans today to target the abortion industry in 2012 that he is confident will close many abortion mills and place many abortionists in jail.

“The approach,” Fr. Pavone explained, “is simple: a) uncover the ways abortionists break the law and get them punished for it; b) reveal the nature of the abortion procedure itself; c) show the harm abortion does to the very people the abortion industry claims to serve, and d) pray more intensely than ever for abortion to end.”

“Building on the work done by many other groups with whom we collaborate, we will begin this month to accelerate the investigation of abortion clinics, which break laws left and right. We will bring special attention to the ten abortionists in Texas who have to answer to the Texas Medical Board for numerous violations, and will see to it that they are held accountable,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“As I have said since I began my work with Priests for Life in 1993, our job is to exploit the weaknesses of the abortion industry, which is collapsing under its own weight. The evil it does cannot withstand the light of human conscience.”

In the coming weeks, Priests for Life will provide information to churches across America, to pro-life groups, media outlets, and to the general public regarding the details of this four-pronged strategy. “We will also communicate to prison chaplains a simple message: get ready to see a lot more abortionists in the jail cells.”

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Join Us In DC!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

May I extend to you a personal invitation to join me for the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 23? On the morning of the March, I will lead and preach at an interdenominational gathering on Capitol Hill at 8:30 am and present a pro-life award to outstanding leaders. This is the premiere indoor pro-life event on Capitol Hill. Admission is free. Then, as the Marchers reach the Supreme Court, I will be gathered with the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Those hurt by abortion will share their testimonies. Please come to show them your spiritual support and gratitude for exposing the damage abortion does. Let’s match their courage with ours in spreading their stories. You can get more information about both events by visiting priestsforlife.org.

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Join Us in Being Silent No More

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

At the March for Life in Washington, D.C., women who have had abortions lead the way. As they march they carry signs that say “I Regret My Abortion.” This Silent No More Awareness Campaign brings to the March a renewed emphasis on the fact that the pro-abortion movement is wrong, not only when they deny the humanity of the child, but also when they claim that abortion helps the mother. Then, in the late afternoon, these mothers gather at the steps of the Supreme Court, and share their testimonies one by one. Fathers of aborted babies are also there, with signs that say “I Regret Lost Fatherhood.” If you have lost a child to abortion, we want to hear from you. Visit silentnomoreawareness.org and join our efforts.

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We Must Be the Media

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The March for Life in Washington, as well as the Walk for Life in San Francisco, are always great events each year. People show up to express their support of the unborn and to encourage one another. They also bear witness to the wider society, that in order to have justice at all, we must have justice for everyone. Often the media does not give adequate coverage to these events. We need to continue to challenge them and build relationships with them, but at the same time, we must be the media. We must be the ones to carry the news about the pro-life movement to our families, friends, and co-workers. When the media fails to cover these events, we become even more obliged to fill the gap. Don’t be afraid to speak up today!

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Launches New Web Site

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign today unveiled a new home page designed to make its three-fold mission immediately understandable and accessible.

The top of the page at SilentNoMoreAwareness.org features buttons for women who are pregnant and need help, for those who are suffering from the pain of a past abortion and need healing, and for those who want to become more involved in reaching out to pregnant women and post-abortive mothers and fathers.

“When we launched our first site in 2003, we wanted to make sure it had all the information we wanted to get out,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More and president of Anglicans for Life. “The new site makes sure we are reaching all the people we want to share that information with. The connection with those we’re trying to reach is more obvious.”

Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More and executive director of Priests for Life, said the updated look of the new site helps make it much more user-friendly.

“It allows visitors to clearly and quickly get to wherever they want to go,” Mrs. Morana said.

The testimonies of women and men who regret their past abortions have always been a popular draw for site visitors, and are still readily accessible. A new “Featured Story of the Day,” brings visitors to the testimony section, which also can be accessed from the “Stories” button at the top of the page.

“The voices of the men and women who have had abortions, and have come to regret them, are the most powerful weapons we have in our fight to end abortion,” said Father Pavone, pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

Proof of the Silent No More web site’s power came with a phone call to the campaign office the day before New Year’s Eve. Mrs. Forney answered a call from a mother of three who said she had an appointment to abort her fourth child the following day. After reading some of the testimonies, she realized “She didn’t want to have the regret these women suffer from. And she was concerned that, although she is always able to forgive others, she might not ever be able to forgive herself.”

By the end of their conversation, the woman realized she didn’t need to “depend on abortion” to solve the challenges the unplanned pregnancy presented. She told Mrs. Forney she was canceling her appointment.

“As we unveil this web site, we invite all groups and Churches to use it as a key resource for help after abortion and for strength to those who might otherwise make that mistake,” Father Pavone said.

Visit the new site at SilentNoMoreAwareness.org. To reach the office by phone, call 1-800-707-6635 or 1-888-735-3448.

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